Life on Altamont Court in Morristown
The people, the traditions, the holidays and the celebrations of life and love are all captured within the pages of Life on Altamont Court: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary.
When a gay couple moves in… The Inflatable Snowman. The Gigantic Inflatable Snowman. “We thought that ‘Frosty’ would lead to our demise. That 20-foot monstrosity had me questioning our decision to move into this seemingly quiet neighborhood on a cul-de-sac. Was I ever wrong! It turned out to be one of the best decisions we ever made.” Trent will speak at the Library about his memoir and will discuss the mayhem and mishaps that come into play when you mix together a potpourri of characters that live within a stone’s throw of each other. Take an eco-friendly, high-strung type “A” neighbor, a demanding Italian Matriarch, men who are the embodiment of the words “More Power,” a troop of loving and mischievous kids and mix in two gay men who are hell-bent on making a home out of a charming half-million-dollar fixer upper and you have the residents of Altamont Court.
Pines’ debut memoir offers a lighthearted, entertaining tale about his time on Altamont Court and the neighbors who became his surrogate family. The author repeatedly notes that he never envisioned himself having a white-picket-fence kind of life. However, that’s exactly what he got when he moved, with his partner, Ken, to Altamont Court, a quiet suburban neighborhood filled with zany, inquisitive and lovable neighbors. The memoir’s first section centers on Pines’ story of renovating a “half-million-dollar fixer-upper” home soon after he and Ken arrived in Morristown—a disastrous undertaking that’s similar to the one in the 1986 comedy film The Money Pit, which the author quotes throughout. The latter, and longer, section focuses on the couple’s life on Altamont Court after the renovation was complete and their relationships with their neighbors. Reading his book feels like having a conversation with an old friend. This memoir is also notable for its real-life story of a committed gay couple living a peaceful domestic life, something rarely portrayed in the popular culture.
Trent Pines was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in a small town (cornfields of the Midwest as he would say) just east of the city. After graduating from Pickerington High School (Go Tigers!) he attended college at Abilene Christian University in West Texas and earned his degree in communications. Trent went on to further his education and completed his MBA at Emory University in 2003. Although he has a love for the performing arts and has performed on various stages in Texas, New Jersey and Georgia (never in drag, mind you), his desire for a stable paycheck with medical coverage outweighed his desire to pursue his theatrical dream and become the next Broadway phenom. It was then, at the age of twenty-four, that he started his career with his current employer; an international communications company, and learned that he had an aptitude for business. Thirty years later he still enjoys going to work and is pleased to present to you his latest artistic endeavor and first literary piece, Life on Altamont Court.
Refreshments will be served.
This program is supported by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.